Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Paris Fashion Week - Fatima Lopes

The Fatima Lopes show was held in the gorgeous Hôtel des Invalides and a cellist takes to the catwalk to open the show. From the press release we discover that the theme is body structure including the body’s circulatory system inspiring prints and bold external structuring. The collection begins with full, skin tight leather jumpsuits featuring strong geometric panelling flattering and contouring the body, these are accessorised with red and black fascinator hats worn on the very top of the forehead - a recent trend and accenting the block colour trend. Mixing fiery red with black and burgundy the colour palette is intense. Sleeves on jackets are wide and often caped for an interesting structured silhouette which is continued through structured panels standing away from the body.
Strips of shredded leather are used to create an interesting outline and over fur and print to add to interest. Garments feature generally high necks yet jackets worn along have necklines slashed to the belly button some featuring huge fluffy fur sleeves adding the structure. Prints worked their way in to the collection with the veiny influences obvious straight away, the lines looking like dead branches snaking across the garments.

Layering was used in garments such as asymmetric peplums on knee length dresses. Narrow waists and shoulders were accented with padded appendages and occasionally sheer ending with black gloves with flashes of red nails.

Fabrics varied through fur, leather, chiffon and even a few baggy jersey looks. The collection mixed casual influences with stunning outerwear and structured themes which complimented the intricate prints.

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